MARCH 19, 2004

New School Site Selected Board of Education Meeting
SEWAGE PLANT POOTS OUT —DEP Issues Town Citations—
BOB CLARKE Curmudgeon’ Corner
Wrong Headed:Left or Right By Jim Chafin
INDICTMENTS RETURNED Others Walk Free and Clear

Few counties in West Virginia are so deprived of economic opportunities as Clay County. After 10 years of volunteer effort from one community activist, Clay County may finally see itself with a draw for outside tourism and economic growth.
        The first word that Clay County would be getting a 15 acre lake came in the early 1990s. State documents called for Fola Coal Company to complete the dam and impoundment by 1996. It never happened. The $1.2 million cost on the project was to be paid for by Fola as a mitigation assessment for covering over miles of streams in the county during the mining process. Delay after delay came and went. At one point, it looked like the lake would never be built. At other times, it looked like Fola was reneging on its obligation and trying to bury the responsibility in hopes “it would just go away.”
        It nearly did until Ivydale community activist Fred Sampson got wind of the state of affairs and went to work. Here’ some background.
        Since 1995, Sampson has worked with and against DEP directors from Eli McCoy to Callahan, through Miano, and Cassell and so on. Stubbornly, each director provided different answers to the same question. Basically, Fred received no real answers, just stall tactics. In March 2002, 8 years after the original completion date, things started coming together. Delegate Bill Stemple called a meeting at Sampson’ insistence. Around the table sat the big wigs, both elected and appointed and reps from Fola Coal. It was all starting to come together. Promises were renewed, handshakes were made. Then, money came into play. The $1.2 million in mitigation fees would not cover the cost of the dam, access road, and needed safety features.
        Our state leaders were once again preparing to sit on their thumbs and let the project die. Sampson wasn’. Sampson, a tree hugger by nature, attended public hearings, wrote letters, filed complaints, and basically became a pain in the neck for regulators and coal operators seeking permits.
                        Each step of the way, Sampson would check the rules and then find fault with plans submitted for public inspection. Undaunted was the senior citizen from Ivydale.
        Active in the WV Environmental Council, Fred Sampson became President of that grassroots organization last year. His voice was beginning to mean more than just one old geezer from the outback of Clayberry.
        Can’ quite explain it readers, but in November 2003, the momentum again changed. It once again appears that the on again, off again economic center for the county may actually get off the ground this time around.
        Sampson tried to get the Clay County Business Development Authority interested in the benefits of having a lake in the county. During the first three years of the BDA, Sampson’ voice was heard and even some letters of support were mailed. That changed 3 years ago when the single minded efforts of the BDA turned away and all but told Sampson, we’e not interested but if you are, go ahead and pursue the lake. Well, actually, that’ exactly what Paige Willis and the BDA said!
        We’e not sure what happened since Nov. 2003 but according to Fola Coal Co. President Gary Patterson, “t’ going to go in.. If the state can get the permits, IT’ GOING TO GO IN THIS YEAR.” Patterson made the comments during the March 15, 2004 Master Land Use Committee meeting held at the courthouse. Few in the crowd even gave it a second thought. There was no applause. The meeting continued as if nothing important had been said. Up front, Sampson grinned. He had been keeping it a secret for almost a month. He wanted the words to come first from Fola. It did. The only thing needed for an economic boon for the county were signatures of renewal on some already oked building and land use permits.
        Dam Sampson, as many are already calling it, will be 69.5 feet tall, over 400 feet across and back up 2500’of water forming 15 acres for fishing fun. With only $1.2 million available for construction from mitigation funds, additional funds will be added by Fola to complete the $1.675 million project. Access to the facility will be on Summers Fork Road near the Wallback exit of I-79.
        The dam will actually be built in Roane County with 90% of the water in Clay County.
        Sampson is optimistic that the lake will spur growth in the area and attract tourists. He anticipates a gas station, bait shop, guide services, boat rentals and a place to eat nearby, Sampson, “t will be an economic boon for the county. Economic activities should begin in the Wallback area of the county.”
        So what’ the one man machine say to the nay sayers of young and old? “hat’ not acceptable. Things can happen. Contracts require people to be accountable.”From his fourth grade year in grade school, the community activist often recites a poem learned there years earlier.
        Somebody says it couldn’ be done but he with a chuckle replied that maybe it couldn’, but he would be one who wouldn’ say so until he tried………
        He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn’ be done and he did it. There are 1000s that tell you it couldn’ be done and 1000s that prophesize failure and 1000s that point out one by one that dangers await to assail you but just buckle right in with a trace of a grin on your face, be no doubt it or quit it…
        Just start in to sing as you tackle this thing that cannot be done and you’l do it.
If the lake and Dam Sampson are actually built later this summer, it was but one guy that tackled the task and stayed with it when all others said, it can’ be done. Did we mention that Fred Sampson doesn’ even fish?

        Commissioner Matthew Bragg is a nice enough looking young man. Certainly clean cut looking with good skin tone and a neat appearance. Usually a smile comes easily to his face and for the most part, Commissioner Bragg maintains a light hearted outlook on life.
        Those looks and that light hearted nature can be deceiving. That all changed Tuesday March 17th for long time Deputy County Clerk Michelle Deyton when Bragg, a candidate for Sheriff this election cycle, threatened to fire her. Deyton is currently on maternity leave after having her baby on Tuesday, February 24th.
        First some background. Michelle and hubby Jeff live in the Ovapa section of Clayberry close to the residence of Matthew Bragg. The Deyton’ own a big Great Dane dog which is normally penned up. On occasion the animal escaped confinement and on at least two occasions, has attacked another dog in the neighborhood. The last time, the Dane along with another animal killed a neighbor’s dog. On each occasion Michelle said the neighbor was contacted and arrangements were made to deal with the incidents.
        Michelle, “ don’ know why Matthew got involved in it. The neighbor went to Matthew’ house. He had been trying to call the Sheriff.
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This happened last summer and maybe two weeks ago the neighbor left a message on our answering machine. She wanted to know what we were going to do about it. Jeff called down there and talked to the husband. … The dog catcher called me. Walter said a neighbor had complained and told me we needed to keep it penned. I heard that Matthew had called the Sheriff about it.”
        Michelle, along with several members of her family, went to the courthouse Tuesday, March 17th to deliver Girl Scout cookies. There Deyton saw the County Commission meeting in a side, back room working on next year’ budget. We’l let Deyton pick it up from there. “e was acting real nice to me. Like nothing ever happened… I asked him about it. He acted like he didn’ know what I was talking about.”Matthew explained that he just tried to get the Sheriff to do something and was trying to help a neighbor out. Deyton, “hat he was trying to do was get some votes but he lost all kinds of votes by doing what he did yesterday!”
        So what did Matthew do? It’ coming readers.
         During the courthouse visit, and in the back room, Bragg tried to back his way out. When that didn’ work, Deyton, “e tried to put all the blame on the Sheriff. He would get really angry and then ask what did he do wrong? It really wasn’ a big deal. I just wanted to know why he got involved. As I started to walk out and before Bragg slammed the computer room door shut, I told him I didn’ want to deal with this now with a new baby and all. I told him there are criminals out there that need to be taken care of not worrying about this animal.”
         According to Michelle, “efore slamming the computer room door, he said, ‘K, Jimmy [Sams], let’ make some budget cuts.’ I said you go right ahead if that’ what you want to do. I went outside and gathered up the baby. Everybody was out front there. When I went out there, he [Bragg] came following out….. I told him, Matthew YOU threatened my job! I started acting like he didn’ threaten my job.”
         Michelle’ Mother told him he had just lost a bunch of votes. As they left, Bragg followed the entourage outside as they headed to their cars on the Rite Aid side of the building. Mrs. Deyton, “e told my mom he didn’ appreciate her talking to him like that in front of people. She told him it was a free country and she could talk to him however she wanted to. He told me the county was good enough to provide me with a job. I told him, Matthew, you don’ even do your job! I can’ even remember all that I told him. … He said that he done the job that he was elected to do. I told him he did not! I was mad then.”
          County Clerk Judy Moore confirmed the following day that Bragg was not Michelle Deyton’ boss. She did say the CCC could change the budget annually. Deyton, “e had no right to threaten my job, he is not my boss. I told him to get out of here and leave us alone… I mean, I have a new baby to deal with and he was following us to the car threatening me with my job…. I have been there a lot longer than he has and he acted like he was the one that got me my job….. I told my Mom, ‘Let’ just go.’ He went to the back of the building. He was very angry. Others told me he was talking about me. The whole thing was over a stupid dog. People love their animals, I like my dog, but he’ running for Sheriff and he’ worried about a dog. I think there are criminals out there that need to be taken care around here.”
         During the back room discussions, Commissioner Sams was present as Commissioner Triplett left the room.
         Deyton was aware of past encounters of others with Bragg and mad certain that others were around to hear the discussions. Michelle, “ know how he is. He would just make me out a liar.”
         As of Wednesday, March 18th 1pm, Michelle Deyton remained an employee of the county on maternity leave and had not received any apology from Sheriff candidate and Clay County Commissioner Matthew Bragg.
         Always willing to add fire to a fire and on Michells’ comment, ‘I know how he is’, we can confirm such word changing and recanting conduct by Bragg earlier this year. During January and early February, Bragg told this reporter one thing and then later in a public setting repudiated his words.
         Sure looks like the nice looking elected one has once again opened his mouth and put more than his foot in it.                                
                                 Andy Waddell
         FOLLOW UPS
                 Back on the first day of December 2003, while working for Asplund Tree Service on Camp Creek Hill Road, employees Jeffrey Adair and Stanley Armstrong were struck from behind by a Jeep driven by Jamie Sams. Both Adair and Armstrong were severely injured and spent days and days in intensive care. Sams, son of Commissioner Jimmy Sams, was cited for vehicle registration violations and failure to maintain control of the vehicle.
                 Shortly after the wreck, rumor had it Sheriff’ Deputies were threatened with getting fired if they wrote the young Sams a ticket. We asked Deputies Sizemore and Delk if that rumor was true. They assured this paper that no such threat was made and only afterwards did someone mention such words and those words were only in jest. They did call State Police law enforcement to prepare the accident report.
                 Two months after the incident we reported on the three issued citations. In the February 9th edition we printed: Sams had been issued two registration violations and another for failure to maintain control. One registration violation was dismissed after proof was provided Magistrate King. A second registration citation was paid as was the failure to maintain control.
                 Now for the follow up. After being struck by Sams and being thrown over a guard rail and in the air 40 feet or more, Addair continues to recover from his injuries and now has limited use of his legs and can get around with a walker. He had been on the job less than a month when the accident occurred. As for Stanley Armstrong, he too is recovering but chances of ever returning to work again are slight.
                 During our interview earlier this week, Addair questioned the whole situation. Addair felt that young Sams had been “iven a slight slap on the wrist.”He also wondered if he had been the driver instead of Sams, would he have been given such a small violation. Addair, “’ not accusing but…. If the roles were reversed, would I have been given just a ticket, two simple little tickets?”
                 On the subject of bystanders joking about Deputies getting fired for writing a ticket to a politician’ son, Addair, “hy were those comments even made in jest?… Why was the State Police called in? Why couldn’ the county’ [Deputies] make the report? …. I don’ think this was anything to even joke about!”
                 With more surgery coming on his legs, Jeffery Addair remains at home with some real apprehensions on life in Clay County West Virginia.
         ??? DID YOU KNOW ???
    1.        It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them. Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.
2.        Americans eat an average of 36 slices of pizza per year.
3.        In the United States, 12.4 percent of the population was over 65 in 2000.
4.        The number of Americans without health insurance has grown to 40 million.
5.        Wall Street Journal reports that 41 percent of all people age 25 spend more time playing video games then any other entertainment activity for that age group.
6.        The rate of smoking among high school students in the state has dropped significantly since 1999.
7.        In May 2003 a studying the Journal Nature reported a 90 percent decline in large predatory fish in the worlds oceans in the past 50 years.
8.        The Army plans to increase the ranks of the Infantry by 23,000 in the next four years as part of its effort to simultaneously reorganize itself and maintain forced in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
9.        The American Bankers Association reported in 2003 that the debit card is one of the fastest-growing products in banking.
10.        Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
11.        In West Virginia, eight coaches have either resigned or been fired because of inappropriate sex-related conduct involving students since 2001.
12.        The percentage of dead people that are cremated has risen from 3.5 percent in 1960 to nearly 28 percent today.
13.        In 1981, 295,739 masters degrees were handed out in the United States. Twenty years later that number increased to 468,476 according to the National Center for Education.
14.        Sixty percent of the 25 million Americans who drink wine weekly or more often are women.
15.        Since 1991 the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has received more than 170 reports of strangulation of children under 6 involving window blind cords.
16.        Half of all electricity generated in the United States comes from coal-fired plants and 70 percent of all energy produced by West Virginia is consumed by other states.
17.        According to the Joint Center for housing studies at Harvard University in 2003, homeowners spent a record $130.4 billion on home improvements.
18.        According to the Consumer Electronics Association, women accounted for $55 billion of the $96 billion spent on electronic gear.
19.        In its annual survey of baby boomers, Del Webb a developer found that 59 percent had plans to relocate after retirement.
20.        Cholesterol drugs are the biggest selling category of prescription drugs in the United States each year.                                         LMM

03/01/04: Wiles – Roger Brandon Smith, delivery of a controlled substance, arrested, ROB.
03/02/04: Wiles – Christopher J. Dwier, warrant, burglary, arrested 03/05.
03/06/04: Bailey – Samuel T. Murphy, warrant, malicious assault, arrested 03/08, ROB.
03/13/04: Bailey – Michael T. Butcher, possession of methamphetamine w/intent manufacture/deliver, arrested, ROB.
02/27/04: Larry Legg – Carolyn Gould, failure to send child to school; summons; Bailey - Amanda Collins, providing false info to police officer, arrested, ROB, trial 04/01/04.
03/01/04: Light – Thomas R. Holcomb, fleeing in vehicle, no POI, registration violation, and driving suspended/revoked non-DUI, arrested, ROB, trial 04/01/04; Wiles – Dustin Todd Tanner, providing false info to a police officer and obstructing an officer, arrested, ROB, trial 03/25; Elswick – Michael Eric Greenleaf, providing false info to a police officer and possession of marijuana, arrested, ROB, trial set; Light – Melissa D. Vaughan, providing false info to a police officer, arrested, ROB, trial 03/25.
03/02/04: Wiles – Jennifer Dwier, warrants, destruction of property and trespassing, arrested 03/05, ROB, trial 04/01; Wiles – Christopher Dwier, warrant, trespassing, arrested 03/05, trial 03/15 continued by defense.
03/03/04: Elswick – Bradley Joe Stone, driving suspended/revoked for DUI and providing false info to a police officer, arrested, ROB, trial 04/01; Delk – Sandra Lee Carte, pulling into oncoming traffic, appeared, ROB.
03/04/04: Butcher – Ronald Lynn Adkins, Jr., MVI and destruction of property, summons.
03/05/04: Blondus Keener – Anna E. Duffield, peace bond, summons; Robin G. Santiago – Anna E. Duffield, peace bond, summons.
03/08/04: Slack – Jarrod Lanham, trespassing, summons; Butcher – Toby Grimmet, suspended CDL, appeared, ROB.
03/09/04: Clay Supermarket – Marilynn A. Taylor, worthless check complaint; warrant; Angie King – Melissa K. Massey, worthless check complaint, warrant; R.B. Legg, Jr. DDS – Ronnie Beasley, worthless check complaint, warrant.
03/10/04: Slack – Jenny Loving, battery, summons.
03/12/04: Rider – Rodney Mark Workman, battery and destruction of property, arrested, ROB; Murphy – Mark Cain, overweight, overwidth, overlength, received letter from Mark Cain owner of vehicle, wants to contest ticket, driver’ name Wilbert Burrows.
03/02/04: Clay Supermarket – Joseph R. Nicholas, money due, subpoena; Jennifer Fitzwater Pierson, money due, subpoena; Daniel Canter, money due, subpoena.
03/08/04: St. Francis Hospital – Dale E. Mitchell and Dorlene Mitchell, money due.
03/15/04: Jack Boggs – Tammy Duffield, money due, subpoena.
Worthless Checks
Notices issued –
02/27/04: Clay Co. Board of Education – Julie C. Hudson, paid 03/08.
03/03/04: Carte’ Quick Stop – Naylene Harvey X 3, paid 03/11; William Adkins, paid 03/12; IGA – Richard Runion, paid 03/09; Roger B. Carper, paid 03/12.
Citation Register
02/17/04: Sheriff’ Dept. – Bethany R. Uldrich, speeding.
02/18/04: DNR – Ronald C. Griffin, littering.
02/20/04: State Police – Jennings L. Elliott, speeding and no POI.
02/22/04: Sheriff’ Dept. – Terry Harper, registration violation and no POI.
02/23/04: Sheriff’ Dept. – Thomas L. Lowery, no POI.
02/24/04: State Police – Melissa A. Drake, operator’.
02/26/04: DOH – Wilbert S. Burrows, overweight, overwidth, overlength; State Police – Robert W. Greathouse, speeding; Windy L. Jarrett, no POI and registration violation; Tammy K. Lanham, registration violation; Benjamin McKinney, operator’; Tracy D. Smith, speeding; John T. Woodrum, no POI and registration violation.
02/27/04: State Police – Samuel David Price, no POI; C. Brian Reuschlein, speeding.
02/28/04: State Police – Daniel Dunlap, registration violation.
03/02/04: PSC (Public Service Commission) – Chad Jeremy Boggs, overweight; Sheriff’ Dept. – Sandra Lee Carte, pulling into oncoming traffic.
03/03/04: Sheriff’ Dept. – Jason E. Doss, no POI; State Police – William Ray Hiney, speeding; Chad Jason Kirk, speeding; Justin B. O’rien, no POI and registration violation; Ruth Ann Truman, speeding.
03/04/04: PSC – Toby J. Grimmet, driving suspended/revoked non-DUI; State Police – Christopher S. Walls, defective equipment, registration violation and highway litter.
03/05/04: State Police – Shawn D. Moore, NO POI and seat belt violation.
03/06/04: State Police – Ginger Alltop, speeding; Buster K. Walters Jr., registration violation and no POI.
03/07/04: State Police – Victoria Ann Bell, speeding; Kenneth John Buck, speeding; Duane Lee Evans II, MVI; Crystal Dawn Habjan, speeding and MVI; Ira Lee Morris, speeding; Jodi Shane Skinner, speeding; Kunchang Wang, No POI and MVI; Angela Ann Woods, speeding; Lavonne Woods, speeding; Sheriff’ Dept. – Leo J. Ranjo, speeding; Allan M. Terranova, speeding and driving suspended/revoked non-DUI.
03/08/04: Sheriff’ Dept. – Edward Lee Adkins, registration violation, driving suspended/revoked non-DUI, no POI and MVI; Teria Leigh Carte, following too close (car crash); Bryan Gene Mace, registration violation, no POI and operator’; PSC – Wilbert S. Burrows, overweight, overwidth, overlength.
03/09/04: State Police – Samuel Todd Murphy, possession of marijuana less 15 grams; Christopher S. Walls, possession of marijuana less 15 grams; Sheriff’ Dept. – Bradly Joan Tanner, speeding; Harlan Taylor, speeding.
03/11/04: State Police – Kiwan D. Bailey, registration violation and no POI; Adam A. Jarrett, speeding; Beverly Schoonover, no POI.
03/12/04: State Police – Herbert L. Morris, driving suspended/revoked non-DUI; Municipal Police – Kristi Lea Nicholas, driving suspended/revoked non-DUI and no POI.
03/13/04: State Police – Candy D. Adkins, MVI, no POI, registration violation, operator’, and 4 in front seat; Ricky Burkhamer, seat belt violation; Jackie D. Holcomb, no child seat and seat belt violation; Frances C. Williams, no child in car seat.
03/16/04: State Police – David E. Corkrean, no POI.

        Around these parts drugs, car thievery and grand larceny have ruled the roost for many months. Some senior citizens have expressed concerns over their safety while walking down the street or living alone at home. In homes that for years went without front doors being locked. For years, leaving car keys in the ignition was common. That’ all different now-a-days.
        We do have some good news on a drug bust. Here’ the way it went on a beautiful Saturday afternoon March 13th Michael Butcher pulled his dark colored Plymouth Neon into the Clay Lumber Company parking lot. He went in to buy a gallon of acetone. Shortly thereafter, Trooper M.L. Bailey stepped up behind Butcher and asked if Butcher had gotten his driver’ license back. At first young Butcher said yes.
        Well.. .that wasn’ exactly true and Bailey knew it. Butcher admitted to no license. Bailey took the lad outside and checked out the car. Outside and in the presence of Deputies Delk and Sizemore along with Town Cop Buckshot Butcher, the trunk of the vehicle revealed all the ingredients to concoct the stuff so many young people get hooked on. There were two small luggage cases about like women would carry cosmetics in or personal hygiene items, propane and butane canisters, a pipe, lots of clear plastic tubing and some stuff in baggies.
        Butcher sat handcuffed with a toboggan pulled down over his ears wearing a green T shirt. He was none too happy. When that little fat reporter strolled by, he told the round one to take a bunch of pictures and write a big story, too. Him not too happy to say the least.
        Clad in these cute little purple gloves, Delk, Sizemore and Bailey went at the inspecting before placing all the dangerous looking stuff back in the Neon’trunk. Over in Magistrate Court, Butcher was charged with possession with intent to deliver and manufacture. He was released on $25,000 bond.
        Other thugs have been real busy stealing cars and trucks. One out of state vehicle was recovered out near the old trash dump on the hill overlooking town. The vehicle had been wrecked with the top crashed in. Bandits went after Junior Holcomb’ truck twice causing damage. There was Frances Sizemore’ vehicle and don’ forget, Dave Derby was the target of crooks as well last Saturday night.
        Not drug or thievery related, Sam Murphy made the web site news Saturday March 6th. Here’ the way we pieced it together from the scanner and from folks close by the action. Around 12:30 am Saturday morning, in a trailer beside the Health Department building on Main street, Tom Holcomb was shot in the side with an assault style rifle, big caliber. With ambulance service just minutes away, Holcomb got quick response and was carted off to the hospital. Around 3 a.m. on the scanner came word of a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for a Sam Murphy.
        State Police Officer M.L. Bailey responded to the call. Once on the scene he called for a camera to be brought to him. Those close by heard radio chatter of hollering and yelling “t the apartments”and people getting in their cars coming to the shooting scene. It gets even more confusing when a call came in of a woman out Widen Road way reported to be fleeing from a man after getting drug out of her vehicle. Another woman stopped to help the first lady out and shots were fired. With lead flying, the second lady high tailed. Bailey mentioned that this may be related to the shooting over the radio. Absolutely no idea if this was related to the Holcomb shooting or not. Just heard it.
        Saturday afternoon before 3:30pm Magistrate Boggs issued the warrant on the tall, thin, 30 something, Sam Murphy. Saturday evening after a long day, TFC Bailey said Murphy had not been seen but he fully expected the alleged shooter to show up Monday morning when bail could be made.
        Monday, March 8th around 8:45, young Murphy was overheard on the Go Mart pay phone, “I’ sorry, real sorry….” By 9 a.m., with attorney Kevin Duffy at his side, Murphy, charged with malicious assault, turned himself in. Within a few minutes, the $25,000 property bond was made when Frank Murphy laid out the County Clerk filled out paperwork showing clear title to some property held by the family in the municipality of Clay. Sam Murphy walked. A court case will provide more details down the road.
        Clayberry is getting a dose of big city life. We’e being drug into the 21st century where crime is an every day thing and doesn’ even make front page news. The change is here, readers, like it or not.

New School Site Selected Board of Education Meeting
Monday, March 15, Clay Middle School was the location for the Clay County Board of Education’ second regular meeting for the month, held in the cafeteria. All five board members were present: R.B. Legg, Jr., Gene King, David Pierson, Kimberly Sams and Rick Tanner.
After calling the meeting to order at 6:00 PM and approving the evening’ agenda and previous meeting minutes, the Board and crowd of 40-50 or so were treated to a display of CMS student achievement and talent. Three students had been selected to “tand in the spotlight” Rebecca Krill read her award winning character education essay “ocahontas” soloist Cody Thomas gave an outstanding performance singing “henandoah” and percussionist Jarrod Sams took to his drums, leaving no doubt as to why he received superior ratings in band competition.
Then back to business. The Board took action on the following agenda items: accepted the transfer of a Roane County elementary student to Ivydale Elementary; approved an overnight trip to Cedar Lakes in Ripley for CMS and Clay County High TSA students to attend the TSA Spring Conference; approved an overnight trip to the State FBLA Conference in Charleston for CMS; accepted the resignation/retirement of CMS teacher aide Maxine O’rien, effective June 9, 2004; approved members for the Textbook Adoption Committee for 2004-2005 (a list of names of the committee members were only provided to the board and not announced); approved placement of 48 professional personnel and 38 service personnel on the preferred recall list for 2004-2005, Superintendent Jerry Linkinogger explaining that this is done every year pending federal funding. He said each individual had received a hand delivered letter telling them they could request a hearing; approved proposed levy estimates to be submitted to the State Tax Commissioner for the 2004-2005 school year. Linkinogger told the Board the levy estimate was down from the previous year, due to the Fola Coal tax error, the regular levy by about $133,000 and the excess levy down by $46,000. He said the regular levy loss would be made up by the state, but not the excess levy loss. Rick Tanner asked what detrimental effect the loss might have. Linkinogger said the loss, combined with the 60 students lost last year and probably more this year, may cause some of the employees just placed on the recall list to not be called back.
A hearing was conducted to determine the status of a CMS student. The Board was informed that the child’ parents had planned not to attend the hearing, so the Board accepted the recommendations of CMS Principal Joan Haynie and Superintendent Linkinogger to expel the student to Alternative school for 12 calendar months. All motions passed unanimously.
CCHS students Sara Graham and Rebecca Creel appeared before the Board representing the WAIT Task Team with a request for funding for a program to promote abstinence, prevent drug and alcohol abuse and tobacco use. They need about $250, and the Board decided to place the request on next meeting’ agenda to take action on it.
Finally some news on the selection of a building site for the new elementary school that will combine Ivydale and Valley Fork Elementary schools. Linkinogger reported that after having many meetings with the owners of some Moore Fork property, the Boggs brothers, an offer to sell the 14 acre site had been made. He said the site, off Route 16 behind the Big Otter VFD, was between 14 and 15 acres, and was mostly flat area. Fola Coal has agreed to develop the site at no cost to the Board. Linkinogger said the price is identical to the price asked for the other properties that were considered, saying, “’ sure it’ not coincidental.” The Board will have a 10 year option to buy additional acreage at $10,000 per acre. The site has sufficient water pressure and three phase power is available on both sides. Linkinogger said, “t seems to be the site that suites everybody…even Jimmy Duffield agrees to it.” Deadline to have the site ready is December to receive the promised funds from the SBA for construction. Gene King, “ooner we move, the better…” Refreshingly, Rick Tanner asked the crowd, “nyone in the gallery have a question?” (No one did, but it was still mighty nice to have been asked) The Board generally agreed that Linkinogger should get the paperwork for them for the next meeting, David Pierson reminding, “e sure to get construction easements.”
The CMS Local School Improvement Council members were introduced, followed by a Power Point presentation, on the new “mart board” that highlighted the school’ successes and accomplishments. Ms Haynie delivered the LSIC’ one request of the Board, that they add a class for students that bully or harass other students, similar to classes already in place to deal with tobacco and drugs. She sited a recent student that determined that 4 out of 5 students act like bullies at least once a month, and said 40% of CMS students admit to being bullied, mostly name calling. No comments from the Board on that request.
The meeting recessed at 6:55 until the third Tuesday in April (the 20th). Next regular meeting of the board will be Monday, April 5, at the administrative office in Clay at 6:00 P.M.                                 TK


Vicky Walker, AKA Mrs. Randy Schoonover, is running for House of Delegates this time around. Did you know Randy is running for office? Yep: Delegate to Democratic National Convention -- Male -- 2ndD Randy Schoonover
        Joe Morris had one of his nice big colorful Morris for Sheriff signs across from Cunningham Motors . Last weekend over Joe’ picture.
    So what has happened to Prosecutor candidate Barbara Schamberger? No signs. No appearances. Schamb said last Sunday that she was just getting started and posters and such would soon be going up. With Schamb getting started and Jim Samples working the streets hard for office, we may have a race after all. Two other Prosecutor candidates, Wayne King and Barry Koerber have no signage in place nor have they attended candidate dinners and such.
    With the School Board all nodding in agreement on the Dice Boggs land for the new consolidated Ivy Fork Elementary School, that leaves both the Valley Fork AND the Ivydale communities without a local school to call their own. Instead of a close to home school, both communities will be sending their kids long distances on twisty hilly roads. Statistics show when a school is taken from the community, the community's interest in school activities go down the tubes and stays there. It was just 4 months ago that Gov. Bob Wise said that the days of consolidation are all but over. 'Guess we now know what the "but" was.
    Let’s talk Election 1992. Remember that one? That’ when the blue bloods were out to get Gene King and see that he was de-elected. He was pitted against Paul Allen. Lots of concerns were raised during ballot counting. So much so that Paul Allen called for a recount and paid his $300 fee. Knowing something was up, O. Gene King brought in attorney Wayne King who objected to about everything that went on that Spring day in ’2. When the dust settled, King won by 5 votes. King 913; Allen 908 voted. Also in ‘92, R.B. Legg was reelected to the throne. Who else ran? Carole Pierson 566 votes, Jerry Starcher 495; David Walker 724; and last, Frank Facemire with 540 votes.
    1992 was also the year that Republican Ronnie Haynes beat out Harald Fields in the County Commission race and Randy Schoonover made it to the House of Delegates beating out Republican Miriam Hopkins 2186 to 1281. In that contest Clinton Nichols called for a recount as did Charlie Haverty from Calhoun County
    During the 1996 Assessor race Donny Triplett garnered 447 votes. How many voted in the 1996 Presidential election? Right at 2026 Democrats and just over 600 Publicans. In the May ‘96 Primary, Dave Mullins running for Sheriff earned 293 ballot choices.
            May 1996 was also the year long time Board member J.D. Morris knew he couldn’ win again, re-registered himself as an independent and got appointed to the state school board. Winners on the May ‘96 School Board ballot were Gene King with 2008, followed by R.B. Legg with 1947 and 1597 people were so sick of the powers that be, an absolute newcomer, Delbert Davis, made waves.

            Our local Health Dept. is a confusing little place. On one hand they say they have to cut back programs and with the other they hire more people. Recently came word that personal care givers were not working, that the number of clients was way down from two years ago. Even with an $800,000 surplus, some wonder if the agency would even be missed if it closed up shop.
            On a quarterly basis, the Board of Directors for the Health Dept. meet. Quite different from most board meetings, all sat around the table and quietly leafed through the provided info. Spreadsheets, sample budgets, bills already paid since the last meeting…. When it came time to approve the bills, Boardster Joe Morris asked for a few more minutes to read through the stack. The date was March 9th. Director Karen Dawson sat across from the Board on one side of the squared up conference tables. Office manager Linda Klotzbach sat on a second panel of the tables followed by Marlene Helvey with her back against the wall and closest to Morris.
            The questions came. Questions on high dollar cell phone bills and why do employees get paid travel expense when the Dept. has vehicles setting idle? Dawson explained that some workers leave their homes and start working client duties on their way to work as well as on the way home. She also mentioned that the 1995 S-10 pickup has over 100,000 miles of wear and tear. Morris, “Every effort should be made to use the truck..”
            Boardster Herman Rogers ( I think) asked about the amount being spent on Emergency Preparedness. Stuff like: New employee to that position; are we overdoing this?; and , Nicholas and Braxton Counties didn’ hire a person to do the job. Was it necessary for us to hire?
            It got quiet. The two new Board members were asking too many questions. Morris and Rogers had been doing some homework. They had met with reps from two other counties and discussed how other counties do things cheaper. It got even quieter. Things were beginning to fester. Motion made to OK the bills already paid.
            With Klotzbach and Helvey glaring at the duo of Rogers and Morris, Director Dawson explained dollar woes with two of the Department clinics, family planning and BSSCCCPSPPP. That BSSSCCCPPPP sounded like it had to do with cancer screenings and female issues. Dawson said costs had gone up and this had been discussed at an earlier gathering. NOTE: During that meeting, the Board told the Director to maintain the clinics and if a special meeting was needed to make a decision, for her to call it. As far as we know, no Special meeting was convened.
         Dawson, “e’e still doing clinics two days a week..”Morris, “ho authorized cutting back to 2 days per week?”Artfully, the response came from Dawson, “We decided they could come in 2 days a week.”Morris, “hat if people need help at other times?’County Medical Director Doc Boggs explained that the clinics are NOT for acute care but along the lines of immunizations and such. Morris came back with concerns raised by people he meets on the street on the services actually performed by the Health Dept.
          During budget revision talks, it all came back to that little field trip made by the two newsters on the Board. Dawson explained that Braxton County didn’ get all their money because they didn’ hire a new person. “e hired someone. The state wanted that. Braxton didn’ get all their money last year…”Morris begged to differ on the need for Braxton County Dept. to spend more money. Morris, “heir Director gets $31,000 a year. They have a bunch of programs there in Braxton and Nicholas.”Dawson, “hat’ the point?”
         Now when it gets to someone saying ‘What’ the point’, someone is getting close to stepping on some toes. Read on.
         With Board members Connie Harper and Loretta Bird absolutely quiet, questions came : Why does little ole Clay County have 6 highly paid RNs on staff when Braxton gets by with just 1 or 2 and Nicholas does it with only 2? Dawson, “Our RNs are more than clinical nurses.. Braxton has 2 sanitarians..”Rogers, “icholas County has 26,000 people.”Morris questioned the need for a full time Threat Preparedness Director at $46,000 per year. Morris, “ther counties used the money to set up equipment. Once it’ set up, what does the Director have to do????”Response, “Build public health infrastructure” Morris, “hat does that have to do with Threat Preparedness??? Is that person earning his money??”
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         Of course they were talking about Jay Carper who was hired and within weeks sent off for Sanitarian training. Sanitarians usually start at $21,000 in WV.
         And then, what had been eating at them all evening, Klotzbach, “WHY DID YOU GO TO BRAXTON AND NOT ASK HERE FIRST?”About as quickly as Linda blurted it out, Morris retorted, “e wanted a comparison... I may go to other counties, too!!”Ms K, “ou don’ know what’ here first!”Morris, “ow can others do it without more staff??”Dawson, right in the middle of it but not quite as loud, “aybe others don’ work as much as us.”Referencing Wyoming County’ Bob Graham scandal unfolding in Charleston, Morris, “an the dollars be spent better. [THEY’E] NOT GOING TO COME BACK AND CHARGE 10% TO ME!!… THEY’E STARTING THAT!”
         And with about as much for thought as its original author, Dawson, “RING ‘M ON!”
         With Klotzbach red faced, Dawson riled up, Marlene Helvey entered into the public stage with, “HIS IS AN ATTACK.. .Your tone of voice!”Morris, “’ sorry you misunderstood.” Helvey, “e’e audited every year!”Morris, “here’ more than one way to do it right!” Loretta Bird put on the word gloves, “o Clay’ doing it wrong?”Morris, “O. [I’] out to save money like a business.”
                 Time to stop here and regroup. Keep in mind it’ the Board that hires the Director, controls the purse strings, and oversees the entire operation of the bamillion dollar agency and not the other way around. The heat of battle usually brings out some zingers.
         Here’ the one for this public meeting. Dawson continued the charge, “ake an appointment with me. THIS IS NOT THE FORUM TO DISCUSS DETAILS.”Her faithful side kick Linda added, “hat $54,000 has to be used for threat preparedness. Use it for salary or loose it!”
         Now fully steaming, with Mr. Rogers nodding in agreement with Morris, with Doc Boggs’ NBC ball cap pulled a little further down over his ears, and Chair Connie Harper in retreat, Morris, “e found out other things could be done with that money… maybe a generator could be bought … we looked to see if it could be better spent.”Necks were getting redder with Morris sitting closer to the edge of his chair….
         Trying to get to quieter ground, discussion turned to adjusting the current budget. Didn’ work. Marlene what’-her-name loudly chimed in, “ELL, WHAT COUNTY ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT????”
         Morris has had enough. Looking squarely at Helvey, “’ sorry you took it that way, BUT I COULD CARE LESS!!!!!!!” BAM! The under belly was exposed. Underlings of the agency were openly challenging the governing Board.
         Heck, if this was the Clay Development Corp (CDC), a General Membership meeting would already be called and they (and the ace cub reporter) would have be tossed from the meeting for ever more!
         Things simmered down a bit. Discussion finally turned to amending the current budget and approval of next year’ financial guide tool, the budget. Item after item was gone over by Dawson. The request was made to purchase a $26,000 emergency back up generator. Doc Boggs asked to table the request until they know more. Didn’ happen. Klotzbach stepped up to the plate with: we have $800,000 in the bank, let’s buy it and repay the surplus when more money comes in, it has to be spent by June 30th! Loretta Bird, “e can’ wait!”After unanimously voting to go in debt and purchase the generator, statements were made: how the heck do you know what to buy without having some specs?
         More money to spend. Seems the office copier is wearing out. Big long discussion on the need to use more surplus money and buy RIGHT NOW a $13,000 or $16,000 high tech digital copier. Bird made the motion and Presto, a new $16,000 copier will soon be on its way!
         Ditto on using the surplus money to buy a $7000 telephone system using a monthly lease deal.
         The spend fest was not over yet. After discussion, the 2005 budget was passed that will include 3% pay raise across the Board for the 57 long time employees. Cost for the pay raise, $44,000 a year. Raises go into affect July 1 2004.
         The meeting continued, readers, with more hard core questions on the future of the Health Dept programs and who’ actually working and who ain’. Come out May 4th for the next installment of outspoken employees taking on the governing board.        And that part about this isn’ the forum for details….. if a public board meeting isn’, where is?                
         SEWAGE PLANT POOTS OUT DEP Issues Town Citations—
                 Wouldn’ you think a 4 million dollar sewer treatment plant should last longer than 6 years? Earlier this month the WV Department of Environmental Protection issued a report of non compliance and threats of fines and imprisonment if Town leaders don’ take corrective action immediately. According to the March 2nd report, some operation areas of the plant are dangerous with rust problems and worn out parts.        
                 So serious are the complaints that Clay Town Council met in special session March 18th at the water plant/town hall. After reading over the 8 page report, Council voted to reply in writing. The letter will provide a plan to eliminate the problems.
                 From the report: Your immediate attention should be given to the deficiencies listed in the summary of this report. Failure to take corrective action to eliminate the deficiencies may result in enforcement action as outlined in Chapter 22 article 11 of the WV State Code. Earlier reports from the DEP have sometimes gone without much notice. This year the report seems to have gotten Council’ attention. During discussions on the response letter, some Council members didn’ want to sign the binding document and instead asked that only the Mayor affix his John Henry. Didn’ work! Everyone had to sign on to the response plan.
                 When the ‘ohnny Woooofter Log Factory was inspected February 3 and 4, 2004, some serious breaches of public trust caught the inspector’ eye. Again from the report: A plume, approximately five foot wide and extending 150 feet was caused by discharge from Outfall 001. The solids were bulking and washing out with the effluent… On the second day of inspection there was approximately 6 feet of solids in the chlorine contact chambers that was not there the day before….Return sludge is oozing up beside the main plant lift station. There is a slip on the nearby river bank and the lift station appears to be settling towards the river. We’e not sure what all that means but it sure don’ sound good. We do know that “lume”is the stuff floating out in the Elk River. Especially that part about the washing out of affluent and the oozing stuff at the lift station are troubling. When the plant was built, Town Council was told this would be a state of the art plant that could be operated with just one operator. Currently two employees work at the plant.
                 Long time readers will remember when the plant was built and all the heated discussions on what to do with the stuff , the sludge, that left over after treatment. A $65,000 sludge truck called the White Elephant, was purchased and was to haul the stuff to farmers fields for spray disposal. Unfortunately, the 2 wheel drive truck was too big and too heavy to be used during much of the year and the supposedly dry after burden was instead stacked up at the plant for months at a time. Seems the sludge problem just got worse. From page 3: Inside the Two Run Lift station is an abandoned package plant. The package plant is half filled with water and is a reported mosquito breeding ground in warmer months. The grating on top is beginning to rust and becoming dangerous….. this is not the most secure area and this is an accident waiting to happen.
                 Back a couple years ago a chlorination pump was scarfed from the sewer plant and taken to the water plant to keep it going. The DEP red flagged the town and : these units are to be maintained to their original condition. The removal of this equipment without a permit is a violation of the WV/NPDES permit… There is no back up auxiliary power for the main plant of the lift stations ….. When the facility was built, back up power was not supplied because the power company stated that outages were rare. This will not be a legitimate excuse if the remaining lift station overflow bypassing due to power failure. Ahhhhh, power outages are rare? In the original plans for the plant a generator was included. Somewhere, somehow along the way, a generator was omitted from the construction project. The guess is, to save money. It looks like that omission is coming back to bite the town in the butt. Guestimate on a generator and automatic turn on capability, $25,000.00.
                 Know what solids are? Yes, you do! Page 4: … There is an excess amount of solids/floatables getting by the bar screen and collecting in the chlorine contact chambers. The operator attributes this to high flow. The Two Run Lift station has a severe grease problem. Everything had a heavy build up of grease.. the station needs to be checked and the city’s grease trap ordinance needs to be enforced to keep this from happening…. One lift station had a pump cycling on and off every few seconds.. the operator discovered the floats were hung up… the sludge holding tank was full and no sludge could be removed. The result of this action was the discharge of solids (that’ poo-poo) out… they are not using the bagger system. The system was installed to help alleviate pressure during times that sludge could not be land applied. .. solids are being lost in the effluent.
Doesn’ sound too healthy does it readers? Probably the most troubling from the report is this: A Fecal Coliform sample taken the first day of the inspection had a result of 29,000 Col/100 ml. This is a violation of Section A.001 of the WV/NPDES permit. The permit requires that a written plan of action which stipulates specific tasks and compliance dates for the implementation of a program to identify and eliminate sources of inflow and infiltration be submitted to the Director.
Further: The permitee [the Town] is not utilizing the sludge bagger system; each unit has a pump for the surface skimmer. The pump at the South end of the plant was out of service during this inspection. Failure to maintain this unit is a violation of…..; The bar screen needs to be thoroughly inspected to see how solids are bypassing this unit. Failure to do so is a violation of…..;Two Run Lift station has a severe grease problem and needs cleaned. Failure to do so is a violation of…. Well, you get the idea. The list goes on and on. The big boys in Charleston found a bunch of major problems with the gazillion dollar plant that was promised to last for years and years. Parts are already wearing out and require replacement. Each month, Council is informed that revenues from the plant do not cover the cost of operations.
                 During the Special meeting of Council, time was spent going over many of the violations. Council appeared surprised that the plant was wearing out so fast. The Mayor mentioned costly parts he had already had made and replaced two years ago. Chief Factory Operator Larry Chaffin was told to begin checking the lift stations weekly instead of monthly. The plant went in service in late 1998 or early 1999.
                 As for how much trouble the town is in, Betty Murphy, “hey can fine us and can take us to jail..”Council man Phil Morris suggested that it might be better to let the Feds take it over since a rate increase is needed to operate the behemoth. As has been the topic for years, grease and the need to enforce the grease trap ordinance from four years ago was discussed to some extent. No real decisions made, just more talk.
                 Pretty slimy story readers. How does this affect you? Well, when sewer rates have to go up, how many businesses will go out of business or raise prices to cope with ever higher fees? But most importantly, there is new emphasis around the county to increase tourism in the area. To get more people in here to drop a few bucks and enjoy the Elk River. Can’ you see it now, a float trip down the Elk past the log factory with a bunch of rich Yankees aboard when the little kid asks, “ad, what is that...?”
                 For once it appears that Town Council may be seriously tackling this most serious health concern. It’ about time.                                AW
                 Effective March 22nd, the Clay County Library will be closed on Mondays due to budget constraints. Asst. Librarian Becky Harrison was laid off. New schedule applies through the end of the fiscal year, June 2004.
                 During the March 18th Special Clay Town Council meeting, Mayor Jarrett asked the Council to put in place a ban on ATVs on Town streets. Jarrett said some guy on a 4 wheeler rides up Main Street each morning and disturbs people (Like the Mayor). No decision yet on the ban.
         During the regular Town Council meeting in March, Mayor Jarrett said Town Cop Buckshot Butcher was quitting his volunteer position on March 16th. Jarrett said he would assume the top cop spot. During the Tuesday night Meet the Candidate gathering at the courthouse, Buckshot was seen sporting his pistol. Hmmmm. If he’ no longer a cop and in the courthouse with a weapon…
          So what countries are helping out Dubbya and his oil, I mean, war efforts? Here's the latest list: United States: 130,000Britain: 9,000Italy: 3,000Poland: 2,460Ukraine: 1,600Spain: 1,300Netherlands: 1,100Australia: 800 Romania: 700Bulgaria: 480 Thailand: 440Denmark: 420 Honduras: 368El Salvador: 361 Dominican Republic: 302 Hungary: 300Japan: 240 (rising to 550 by the end of March) Norway: 179 Mongolia: 160 Azerbaijan: 150 Portugal: 128 Latvia: 120 Lithuania: 118 Nicaragua: 113Slovakia: 102 Czech Republic: 80 Philippines: 80 Albania: 70 Georgia:70New Zealand: 61 Moldova: 50 Estonia: 31 Macedonia: 37 Kazakhstan: 25
                 Clay County PSD service man Sam Taylor is off work enjoying a cruise ship down South with his wife. Also gone from service is Office Manager Cindy Schoolcraft who is “ff on leave”for two weeks. Laid off secretary Beverly Duffield is back on the job manning the Great Ship of PSD while the regulars are gone.--
          Ivydale’ Burly Bragg saw a pack of dogs attacking a helpless deer trying to cross the Elk River Wednesday morning. Bragg resides beside the Elk and made many phone calls to see if anything could be done to stop the senseless loss. Basically, he was told, there’ nothing that can be done unless you know the owner, his address, telephone number and more. Burley said the dogs jumped on the deer, drowned it and left it to float down the waterway. They didn’ even turn it into a meal.--
          On March 11th a bunch of people gathered at the Lion’ Club Casino Hall on Main Street to organize efforts to clean up 40 miles of Elk River riverbank this June. The clean up effort will include an April attempt to clean up that nasty island below the Dundon bridge. Human Resource Development Foundation (HRDF) is coordinating the effort with the DNR, DEP, CAEZ, BVD (just kidding) and the Clay County Solid Waste Authority’ Lynn Ramano. Grants provide much of the funding to pay high school workers for the two week endeavor. According to Scott Bass with HRDF, more help is needed. Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, 4H groups, blue headed ladies… Like to volunteer? Dial 587-2017 or 587-4389.
                 BOB CLARKE Curmudgeon’ Corner
          It is a safe assumption that most reputable schools of journalism include in their curriculum a required course in ethics. A responsible reporter, should such a creature exist, would, for example conceal or suppress information he knew would potentially endanger innocent parties should their names be published. Such a concept is splendid in its nobility. It is, however, as Shakespeare might have said: “ practice more honored in the breech, than the observance.”
          The traditional idea that the press’mission is to maintain an adversarial relationship to the government seems now to have been eclipsed by a shoddy legion of journalistic buckrakers. Virtually gone are the old time wordsmiths who followed the maxim of Jonathan Swift, who proclaimed that the purpose of newspapers is: “o comfort the afflicted, and to afflict the comfortable.” What drives the news in these dreary times is variation of the famous pronouncement of the odious Henry Kissinger, “ower is an aphrodisiac.” Henry’ view must contain more than a ring of truth, considering that he has the appearance and the voice of a giant toad. Yet, if we are to believe reports, his conquests are legion. The fact that he is considered a war criminal to the degree that he is wanted for questioning in several countries is no deterrence to his enormously profitable demand as a “onsultant.”
          The ostensible topic of this topic was journalism, or rather the corruption of its current practice. But power comes into the equation. Today’ reporters and columnists have a certain amount of influence, but it is their access to the corridors of real power, the President, the Cabinet, emperor Dick Cheney, that determines how widely their voices will be heard. The White House system for controlling embarrassing views or questions is foolproof. More than one member of the press has found that, if he asked a question that could conceivably cast the administration in a less than positive light, he could usually find himself in journalistic Siberia or at least in the back row where the raised hand will hereafter be ignored. Should you think these remarks gauzy, indefensible generalizations, consider the case of Helen Thomas. Thomas, widely considered the Dean of women journalists, was by tradition accorded the honor of a front row seat in presidential press conferences. A wonderful reporter and the bane of many an administration, she was further awarded the privilege of asking the first question. Moreover, a testimony to the stature of one of America’ great journalists was the practice of giving her the last word. “ood night, Mr. President.” As the old refrain goes: “hat was then. This is now.” Ask a tough question, and you might as well be back writing for the Gobbler’ Knob Bugle, or covering flower shows and automobile accidents. At the very least, you will spend your time in the White House press room, still trying to quit smoking and pondering deep topics such as your first drink.
          If the print media draws the charge of selling out to power, money and the other seductions of conformity, newspapers and magazines are crusading lions when contrasted to the virtual one-note voice of television. It has been noted by many sources that TV “eporters”and talk show hosts and panelists are not journalists. Having little experience as beat news people or writers, they qualify only as pundits. Their concept of informing the American public on the burning issues of the day is reduced to a few pungent one-liners which, in most cases are provided by staff writers. It is rare these days to witness any discussion program that does not give the impression that the networks are little more than an extension of the views provided by White House flaks. Should these comments be charged as overstatements, it is well to consider who owns the major networks and newspapers. Without rare exceptions such as C-Span, the dominant media voice in this country is controlled by a slant so neoconservative that even an old tiger such as Barry Goldwater would reject it. And, at the risk of lowering the tone, these fat cats play dirty.
          The media lynching of Howard Dean after Iowa is one of the most disgraceful and sordid moments in the history of presidential campaigns. Dean’ pep talk, volume and all, was an attempt to energize and cheer up these more than 3000 youngsters who had come to Iowa, giving up their time, and possibly their money to proclaim a new voice in American politics. One would have to be from another planet not to be aware of voter apathy in the young during the past decade or more. Dean knew what he was doing. He even seemed to be laughing at himself during those last moments. It seems appropriate to suggest that the yell was his gift to the young faithful. Then came the now famous coinage, the: “ have a scream”label. The pundits deliberately misinterpreted Dean’ motive, blathering that he was out of control, a man whose behavior suggests possible instability. Brainless claptrap! By the way: it has now been revealed that those in the audience have reported that they could barely hear him over the crowd noise. While it is easy as well as dangerous to impugn motives, try this on for size. The national media is loaded with Washington insiders, the cocktail set, people who are invited to the “est”parties, lunch with the people who really count, rub elbows with the “ight”people. Without the proper access, a place in the press section of Air Force One would remain a fond dream. Rocking the boat is a temptation to be avoided at all cost. It could even lead to the unthinkable position of missing out on all those lobster and martini lunches at fashionable restaurants, not to mention losing a valuable source of information. (Usually slanted)
          The kleptocrats, including the media, are afraid of Howard Dean. He is not only a maverick, but a new breed of Democrat. Perhaps it is more accurate to say, rather, is that he is what a Democrat used to be. The possibility of having someone in the White House who does not owe anyone is a terrifying prospect. Months ago, in a brilliant stroke of reverse psychology, Karl Rove put out the word that the Republicans wanted Dean to be the Democratic nominee. Rove is many things, most of them slimy, but he is not stupid. His public statement that Dean would be the easiest to defeat must have had a significant effect on the Democratic primaries and caucuses. Lest you believe that the “air and balanced”media had but a small part in the Dean political assassination, note well the following: The Hotline political newsletter reported that national TV news programs aired Dean’ passionate speech, the loud conclusion 633 times within four days – and that does not include local news or talk shows. Political historians, present and future will be hard-pressed to find a more monstrous example of overkill.
          Here is a list of Howard Dean’ statements, culled from a column by William Greider in The Nation. These ideas have been stated on national TV as well as other publications. Readers, one hopes, will get a rough idea of what we have missed, as well as a lingering impression of the depravity and self-serving nature of the media.
          “oo many of our leaders have made a devil’ bargain with corporate and wealthy interests, saying ‘’l keep you in power if you keep me in power.’
          “s long as half the world’ population subsists on less than two dollars a day, the US will not be secure…A world populated by ‘ostile have-nots’is not one in which US leadership can be sustained without coercion.”
          “ver the last thirty years, we have allowed multinational corporations and other special interests to use our nation’ government to undermine our nation’ promise.”
          “here is something about human beings that corporations can’ deal with and that’ our soul, our spirituality, who we are. We need to find a way in this country to understand – and to help each other understand – that there is a tremendous price to be paid for the supposed efficiency of big corporations. The price is losing the sense of who we are as human beings.”
          “n our nation, the people are sovereign, not the government. It is the people, not the media or the financial system or mega-corporations or the two political parties, who have the power to create change.”
          Apparently, the velvet-lined gutter of American politics has no room for idealists. A little-known item in Governor Dean’ past is that, when he enrolled at Yale, he requested and was assigned a black roommate. When asked to join a fraternity, he refused, because he learned that said organization did not admit blacks or Jews. Extreme cynics may call such actions “olitically correct.” Some of us call it “ecency.” R.I.P., good Doctor.
          Illegitimi non carborundum
          Translate it yourself. It’ only slightly naughty.
         .... remember when they said the Town owed them money because of a faulty meter near Ivydale? The PSC boys ( Hello JM and DF) came to Clayberry Tuesday and low and behold, it ain't a faulty meter but rather, Clay County PSD has a 50 gallon per minute water leak from the Town of Clay. Back a few months ago, Clay County PSD filed a formal complaint against the Town of Clay over super high water bills. The PSD asked for a reduction and a payment arrangement. They just got it! The WV Public Service Commission reduced the water debt load from $3121.42 down to $2092.82 and is allowing the PSD to make four payments of $530.00 each on the since June 2003 debt.
         WELL I'LL BE D*****....
         UPDATE: Got bill for almost 90 bucks. Clay PSD refused to discuss this with us. Why can they get that and we can't?? DANIEL andPATSY WOODS

         CHATTER 2
          This week is the one year anniversary of beginning this fiasco of a war. Here are a few facts maybe you can use somewhere: The casualty count is still rising daily. 650 Coalition troops (including over 550 American service people) have been killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and over 3,200 have been .of Iraqis have also been killed and injured. The price for all military families is high., National Guard members and their families are being hit especially hard.
          Soon, 40% of all troops serving in Iraq will be either reservists or National Guard members [LA Times, 2/22/04].of these soldiers thought they would be serving overseas for six months., they're being told they'll be spending a year or more in Iraq.of had less than a week's notice to prepare for this separation
         [Washington Post, 1/21/04]. of reservists and Guard members don't have the established support resources that families of full-time soldiers have at bases.of these families will have to get by on less since reservists and Guard members often receive less money for their service than their regular jobs pay. The Bush administration has not been up-front with the American people about the reasons for going to war, or about the costs of the war. the run-up to the war, President Bush said that the United States "must not ignore the treat gathering against us.clear evidence peril, we cannot wait for the final proof - the smoking gun - that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud... We have every reason to the worst, and we have an urgent duty to prevent the worst from occurring." [Washington Post, 1/28/2002] That was not the message that he was getting from the intelligence .'s what CIA Director George Tenet said about the Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, which summarized the pre-war of the intelligence community: "Let me be clear: analysts on several important aspects of these programs, and those debates were spelled out in the Estimate.never said there was an 'imminent' threat." [Transcript of 2/5/04 speech at Georgetown ]
          Pentagon's year 2005 budget doesn't contain any money for
         military operations in Iraq or Afghanistan. The White House won't ask Congress that money until January 2005 - after the November presidential election. [Knight Rider Newspapers, 2/11/04]
          The Bush administration needs to face accountability for its actions, rather than looking for congratulations from Congress. Bush's own top weapons inspector, David Kay, called on the administration to admit that there are no weapons of mass destruction, "I think in this case, the evidence is out there to extent that the president really needs to say to the American people, 'We made a mistake.'" [NBC News 3/15/04]Congress has the responsibility to hold the President Bush accountable for his actions, and should censure him for misleading the American .
                                         Keith Lahti
         CHATTER 3
          Dear Mr. Waddell,
          There seems to be some confusion as to what a senior center is or what qualifies you as a senior center director. First off the following services must be provided to refer to a building as a senior center: homemaker services, chore services, day care, letter reading and writing, transportation, community care, wavier and respite as a few examples. To refer to a building as a nutrition site the only service that is provided is nutrition. Can the Clay (Putnam) Nutrition Center say they provide any other service in Clay County. Also to refer to oneself as a Senior Center Director, you must first work for a Senior Center that receives funding through the Appalachian Area Agency on Aging, carry the title of IIIB Project Director submit reports to the Appalachian Area Agency on Aging and to the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services. I feel that you know the difference between a site manage and an executive director or a senior center director so please stop confusing the public. Of course the site manager of the nutrition center wouldn't make a six figure salary he has an executive director he answers to just like the rest of us little people. And to make the assumption that anyone that works for a Senior Center in Clay County makes a six figure salary only shows your ignorance. Our funding is put into services, not salaries, we are contracted to serve 1200 seniors a year, we provided services to more then that number. My question is how many seniors are provided some kind of services through the nutrition center?
                                  Janet Fitzwater
         CHATTER 4
         To The People of Clay County:
          This is my first letter to a newspaper, but who knows maybe not my last. In the March 10, 2004, issue of the Clay county (Free Press), there was an article in the “t Impresses Me”column titled Uprising in the Assessors Office. Excuse me for the latter run-on sentence, but it seems like I have a lot to say.
          First, I had journalism in school (some would say that was ancient history) but the spark of memory so to speak, from a learned institute that is to say, Clay County High School and Mrs. Jesse Linkinogger, taught me that journalism is the research and statement of the facts more commonly known as the truth.
          Secondly, the Clay County “ree Press”and I emphasize “ree”should state the facts and maybe a little more research would not hurt.
          Third, this is a “ree”country and everyone is given the right and privilege to run for office.
          Fourth, I, Veronica Paxton Butcher, was not an employee of Suzanne “usie”Legg when I ran for Assessor, she and I both were employees at that time of Joyce Gibson, who ultimately decided to retire.
          Fifth, I didn’ decide to run until “usie”Legg had made statements to other employees that she wasn’ going to run.
          Sixth, there are three employees openly supporting Teresa Lane, which certainly should speak for itself. Also, some of the girls now in the assessors office were hired by “usie”Legg.
          And last but not least some would probably say “uff said”sounding a little like the Mel Gibson look alike huh! But as Paul Harvey would say, if you knew the rest of the story you would really be amazed.
          Oh! P.S. Teresa Lane is an excellent and knowledgeable employee, and I have not heard her bash anyone. And by the way some of the greatest good have come from uprisings, as a matter of fact, that is how we got this “ree”country.
                         Veronica Paxton Butcher
         CHATTER 5
          Hi this is Keyota Braley. My husband Charles and I live at Ovapa. You think poor Burly Bragg got the run around you should hear what we went through. On Saturday morning March 6th our neighbor's dog (Jeffery Deyton's) came into our yard and attacked our kids dog whom we had had for eight years and killed it in front of our daughter. Our dog was not a small dog but neither was Mr. Deyton's(it is a Great Dane). My husband called the sheriff's office and they said they would come out. We waited to bury our dog because we thought someone was coming to see about this. Nothing happened. Referred to dog catcher who won't pick up an animal unless it's a stray. You would think there would be something you could do. My kids and my 80 year old mother-in-law are afraid of this big dog. I asked that the Deyton's get rid of the dog. Never heard back from them. Was told if the dog comes back to shoot it. I pray it doesn't. Mrs. Deyton works in the county clerk's office and is on maternity leave. My husband did call Matthew Bragg who lives here in the community for advice and I have to give him credit for referring him to the DNR and the dog catcher. Needless to say neither worked.                                 Keyota Braley
         Wrong Headed: Left or Right By Jim Chafin
         Continued from our last issue, part 2:
          A major shift in U.S. policy was under way…America was washing its hands of the conflict in Israel. Now we’ focus on Iraq. Powell said the sanctions were ineffective, that “e were playing into Saddam’ hands and losing support among the Iraqi people.” The sanctions needed to shift – “e need to strictly control the import of materials that might be used for weapons construction.” Even though Hussein had nearly $3 billion in his oil-for-food accounts at the United Nations, needed medicines and other essentials were not reaching the Iraqi people. Powell speculated, “his is not endearing us to the Iraqi people, whose support we’e hoping to elicit – if I understand our position correctly – to help overthrow the regime.” And Bush followed with, “hat’ the problem. The people need to be with us…we need to know more about this; and also his destructive weapons.”
          Over the next few minutes, speculative, nonspecific talk rolled around the table about how to remedy inadequate intelligence, discover the nature of Saddam’ weapons program, and bomb selected Iraqi targets. Meeting time almost up, Bush handed out assignments: Powell would draw up new sanctions; Rumsfeld and Shelton should examine our military and south of Iraq; Tenet would report on how to improve our current intelligence; and O’eill would investigate how to financially squeeze the regime.
          Ten days in, and it was about Iraq. What O’eill didn’ know, but suspected, the name of the game had been Iraq from day one. Indeed, news reports would surface in this country – originating in the London press – that stated Bush, his brother Jeb, Rove, Wolfowitz, and others had been planning a “egime change”prior to the inauguration. Walking back to his office, O’eill thought, “etting Hussein was now the administration’ focus, that much was already clear.” But ten years since the first Gulf War, Hussein seemed caged and defanged. Clearly there were many forces destabilizing the region, most particularly the Arab-Israeli conflict itself which we were now abandoning. With the administration at the start of its second week, O’eill wondered when, exactly, the whys – why Saddam, why now, and why was this central to U.S. interests – were to be discussed.
          In 1998 Bush I introduced his son to Condoleeza Rice, a political science professor at Stanford University. The Texas governor was beginning to think about what it might mean to be president. Rice teamed up with Wolfowitz and others, and tutoring began. Richard Pearle, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, commented, “he first time I met Bush 43, I knew he was different. Two things became clear. One, he didn’ know much. The other was he had the confidence to ask questions that revealed he didn’ know very much…”
          Rumsfeld, for his part, had been busy, and he distributed a lengthy memo discussing the effect of Clinton’ “rocurement holiday”on transport and weapons systems, and recommended an increase in defense spending of between $255 billion and $842 billion over the next five years. In the concluding section, “hat Are We Trying to Achieve?” there were general conclusions about how to sustain our ability to deter the use of WMDs and long-range missiles against the U.S. – a play for more money for missile defense systems – and then to “se our existing force structure to dissuade nations abroad from challenging our interests while we transform our armed forces to meet 21st century conditions.” The key word was “issuade.” Rumsfeld’ use of it made clear that he had started to plot coordinates for a global response, if not necessarily a solution. But how, O’eill wondered, could the United States dissuade other sovereign countries from being guided by a natural, inexorable growth in their own technological capabilities?
          The next meeting of the National Security Council was called for 3 P.M. on Thursday, February 1, in the White House Situation Room. The purpose: to review the current state-of-play (including CIA briefing on Iraq) and to examine policy questions on how to proceed. In the rambling exchanges, certain items of interest were discussed, such as approaches to a possible regime change, war crimes initiatives, dealing with the Kurds, coalition military postures and redlines (policy not up for negotiation or compromise.)
          Powell discussed the new strategy for “argeted sanctions.” But Rumsfeld interrupted, “anctions are fine – but what we really want to think about is going after Saddam.” He then launched into an assessment of the broader U.S. goal of getting rid of Saddam and replacing the current regime with one more inclined toward cooperative relations with the United States and its western allies. “magine what the regime would look like without Saddam and with a regime that’ aligned with U.S. interests…it would demonstrate what U.S. policy is all about.” Tenet talked about a coup and said the prospects for success were not particularly good.
          O’eill thought about Rumsfeld’ memo. It described how everything fit together. The sudden focus on Saddam Hussein made sense only if the broader ideology – of a need to “issuade”others from creating asymmetric threats – were to be embraced. That was the “hy.” From the start, we were building the case against Hussein and looking at how we could take him out and change Iraq into a new country. And if we did that, it would solve everything. It was all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it, the President saying, “ine, go find me a way to do this.”
         Editor’ note: This article will continue in our next edition
                 I said last issue that I wanted to talk a little about the Indians and my research, so here we go. Several years ago, after researching the pioneers of Mason County, I decided to look for the Indians that were in the Battle of Point Pleasant 1774. As I searched I began accumulating quite a list, so I expanded my searching to look for any and all Indians in the Ohio Valley from the 1700s. My search grew to include all the eastern tribes from that time. A natural side effect was getting to read lots of history from those early days, about both whites and Indians. Currently I am satisfied that I have identified over half the Indians from the battle and thousands more from the tribes east of the Mississippi in that time period.
                 Through Internet contacts, I was offered the chance to put the Shawnee that I had on the net. They can be seen at If you are interested in the history of that time, the Shawnee or are thinking about a possible Shawnee ancestor, it is a good place to visit. It has been a voyage of discovery for me in many ways. Not only has my knowledge of the 1700s and 1800s grown greatly, but I've found some of my own Indian roots as well. I receive queries from all over the nation and world. It is rewarding trying to help these folks find their ancestors; sometimes it just clicks right into place but often we end up with as many new questions as we started with in the first place. There are bunches of people that trace their lines back to Cornstalk and Tecumseh, the two favorites for most people to claim connection to, but it usually ends up more of a fairy tale than real history. I'm still waiting for the kin of guys like Stinking Fish, Hog Head, Sour Mouth or Pig Smith to come forward. I'd also like to see some relatives of the Blacks among the tribes to show up.
                 There were several tribes that moved around in West Virginia. Some had semi-permanent villages on our river-bottoms but most simply came here to hunt, trap or spend the summer raising their crops. The New River, from North Carolina to the Ohio, was a main trail that was used by both the northern and southern tribes, coming and going. This became important later, as the whites pressed further westward, coming in ever growing numbers and the treaties began to force the Indians westward. Many of the natives moved up the tributaries of the New/Kanawha and ended up on the wild and woolly frontier of West Virginia. With white clothes, religions, trades and names, oh, let's say like Waddell, they moved into our hollows and hills and became part of the history of WV. I am wrapping up a year-long updating of the Shawnee list, then maybe I can begin looking into the Diaspora of the Indians that chose to not be forced west but made West Virginia their home.
          INDICTMENTS RETURNED Others Walk Free and Clear
                 Clay County’ March Grand Jury met on Tuesday and returned 9 of 10 presentations made by County Prosecutor Daniel Grindo. Those indicted: Glenn Tanner, Gary Rollins, Mark Stone, Dusty Pritt, Christopher Samples, Roger Dale Rogers, James Rogers II ( Don’ get excited James Rogers II, the name was listed wrong . Read on.), Zane Boggs and Melissa Drake.
                 Those charged reported during arraignments March 18th at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Richard Facemire. We had a chance to sit in and provide the following account from that morning in court.
                 With Judge Facemire on the bench, Bailiff O. Gene King, wide eyed and bushy tailed, a bunch of suits ready to ply their trade, all waited on Prosecutor Grindo. One attorney in the back was reading from a used farm equipment brochure. We waited….
                 First up, 63 year old Zane Boggs with attorney Bill Martin in tow, not guilty to sexual abuse first degree. The Judge allowed the $20,000 bond and Boggs will get his day in court sometime during the next term of court at the Martin’ request.
                 Glenn Tanner is in deep stuff. He was a no show. Attorney Wayne King informed the court that during earlier proceedings Tanner was no where to be seen and “e’ not in the county now…”Facemire revoked bond and an existing warrant remains in place. To Central Regional Jail he shall go!
                 Goof up readers. Gary Rollins was not informed of the proceedings and will be arraigned March 25th at 9am
                 As Mark Stone’ name was read Wayne King commented that he thought “hat was dismissed and Chris Samples, too.”With no free attorney appointed to Stone, Kevin Duffy took the short haired, t-shirt clad man over to the Circuit Clerk’ office to get proper paperwork completed.
                 Clad in jeans and plaid shirt, Dusty Pritt went before the bench. Ditto, no court appointed attorney. Having said he would like an attorney, David Karickhoff took the young man to the side for signatures as Wayne King explained the Chris Samples indictment to Facemire. King said charges against Pritt had been dismissed and now the charges had been renewed. According to King, Pritt was not present but instead in Charleston with his companion as she was having a baby. Arraignment rescheduled for March 25th.
                 As for Roger Dale Rogers, his attorney Barbara Schamberger had previously asked for a later date. Tied up with another case in Charleston. Moving right along, rescheduled for March 25th. The Glen area resident R.D. Rogers is charged with driving while revoked and driving (again) under the influence
                 With paperwork now in order, Mark Stone heads for the front of the room with Kevin Duffy at his side. The 22 year old Lizemores resident asked for a trial this term of court. He stands charged with one count of breaking and entering a building other than a house and one count, grand larceny. Stone got his wish, May 25th, 9am for his trial date. Stone will be on PR bond until Monday, March 22nd when he has to post a $5000 surety bond or head off to jail.
                 According to Bailiff Gene King, indicted Melissa Drake is in a hospital. Arraignment set for March 25th, 9am.
                 The tall, thin 22 year old Dusty Pritt, now with properly being paid for David Karickhoff at his side, approached the bench. Pritt, “ don’ even know why I am here.”Always ready to make everything crystal clear, Judge Facemire read from the indictment. Pritt stood charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny from a March 3rd incident over at Ben Murphy’ place where a gum ball machine was swiped as were two 12-gauge shotguns, one double barrel shotgun, hand tools, and a Honda generator. Pritt started to speak up as Karickhoff went, “Shhhhhhhhh…” to his client. Pritt, as did all the others this morning, plead not guilty. Trial will be 9am, April 27th. Pritt has to post a $5000 surety bond by next Monday or off to jail he shall go. Throughout the proceeding, Pritt chewed his gum.
                 That James Rogers II… wrong name. The guy’ real name is James Clifton Rogers. Appears to have been a clerical error. The 33 year old from Indore stands charged with wanton endangerment with a firearm. Setting quietly through most the proceedings, Grindo, on when to try the case, “his term your honor.”His case will be heard next term of court with James Clifton Rogers out on a $10,000 surety bond.
                 Confusion came next. Lucy Cruickshanks and Gene King spoke with Circuit Clerk Asbury. Attorneys milled and whispered around briefly. Over to the side, Kevin Duffy and Michael Farber fiddled with a tiny portable DVD player. Grins came with the earphone in place. Wayne King looked for a wall outlet to plug the device in to.
                 Just before 10am it appeared that Judge Facemire was a little irked with Grindo. Something about needing to take time to see if his witnesses were ready.
                 With arraignments done other issues were brought before the court.
                 Dressed in orange and in shackles, a short thin , blonde headed Denzil Pritt. Before the court was when to try the guy on charges of breaking and entering. Based on the look given Grindo by the robed one, looks like something is messed up with the case as to whether the charges will be tried separately or together. With no bond in sight, Pritt headed back to Central Regional Jail. Ernest Skaggs represented the young man.
                 And then what makes Clayberry so famous. Time to dismiss cases! First, Thomas Franklin King. Grindo asked that charges be dismissed since three terms of court have come and gone without a trial. Based on the law of the land, Judge Facemire obliged.
                 Kevin Duffy asked for the charges against a Mark Allan Nichols be dismissed based on the three term rule and nothing done. Grindo provided a written order for the dismissal. Little frown lines were seen on Facemire’ face. After mentioning this case was first brought forth in 2001, Facemire again oked the dismissal.
                 Another name (we missed this one readers, sorry) was brought before the court. Jerome Novobilski, “he state did not prosecute.”Grindo, “he three term rule your honor.”Facemire, a deeper than usual breath, “K. The court will grant the motion reluctantly.”
                 Pregnant Samantha Naylor came to the center of the room with Wayne King asking for a trial date. Date given: May 18th 9am.
                 Mary L White is now in a nursing home and in bad health. Her court date had already been set ( maybe April 30, 9am). Novobilski seemed to ask the court what the Prosecutor planned to do and if he had made any plans to take legal action against the lady. Grindo replied that if he thought White was staying at the nursing home indefinitely, he may drop the charges against her. NOTE: this appears to be the case where White allegedly had a bunch of animals tied up, locked up, and malnourished.
                 Once again Facemire encouraged Grindo to get on with the work of the state as delays were asked for. Facemire, “Let’ not] languish around, I don’ want to.” To this ace cub reporter, it sounded like a slap on the wrist.
                 In a civil matter, United Bank sought and got the court’ favor in United Bank vs. Henry L White. As we heard it, White bough a 2001 Chevy truck from Bob Peden Chevy and shortly thereafter the truck was totaled, a complete loss. After settlement with GEICO insurance, there remained a $4000 outstanding balance. With Mr. White very ill and not present, Facemire rendered summary judgment in favor of the mega national, United Bank. With his deed done, the young attorney left the room as comments came on insurance tactics where vehicles are under valued during settlements. Prior to this hearing, a Clay County Magistrate ruled in favor of Mr. White. During that process, the Magistrate openly expressed views that the insurance company should have covered the whole loss and how could it be possible that a vehicle could loose $4000 in value in just 4 months.
                 By 11 am, the public was told to skid addle as juvenile matters were to be discussed. Seeing several youthful faces around the courtroom and just outside, Facemire appeared to have a bunch more work before him.
                 One last note from the Thursday morning action. As those cases were being dismissed, some of the lawyers present appeared to hang their head low. It appeared that they knew, this was not justice being served. And finally, twice during the dismissal action, Grindo commented that the cases were here before his short 12 month term of service. Sort of “It’ not my fault”